Tuesday, March 26, 2013

easy street

Hiya! I am SO GRATEFUL to report that nothing but regular life going on here. No fleas, no health scares, no nothing. Ahhhh... life in its regular form is wonderful! As I posted last week, we have had some time to have some fun! New orleans. Chicago. Some festivals. etc. So without further adieu, here is our humdrum life ;)
 We are so lucky to have a Boppa!! He has been faithfully driving Cy (and Arlo once a week) to school! He is a bus driver and he ends his route right near our house - so he grabs the kids & gives them a ride on his way home. It is fabulous!!!

I thought this was pretty clever for a almost 5 yr old. He came up with this all on his own.

A snowman for Cy & mama day

 An Irish festival in St Paul

 This just cracked me up. Cy made his dino a walking, maybe dancing dino? Love that he doesnt put him down on all fours.

 Gnarly Emmer brothers eating feet.
 Can you believe how much snow we STILL have!!??

Thursday, March 21, 2013

our NOLA get away

 HI! We had so much fun two weeks ago when we went to NOLA!! Patrick and I were a real couple! We danced and had leisurely brunches and time by the pool. It was such a treat and made me realize that we work SO hard at home! It was so nice to have a break and some lively fun!!
This pic was supposed to be last -- but here are our two lil guys showing off their gifts from NOLA

First, the ceremony took place in an old mansion right around the corner from our beautiful hotel. (If you want to peak at where we stayed: http://www.bourbonorleans.com/ )
The ceremony was incredibly touching. Even the guys were crying. I think it is because Cary & Andy are "good to the bone" as Cary described in her vows. Everyone adores them. And it is because one of our last unmarried friends was getting married!

After the bride and groom walked down the aisle as "marrieds" we were told to get ready for a New Orleans tradition. Lots of chatter about what was going to happen. A toast? A band? But it was much much better than that and by far one of the best experiences I have ever had at a wedding. Pure Joy!
A parade!!!

Every guest was handed a marvelous lemon/mint cocktail and sent out into the streets. This 5-6 piece band led the entire wedding - all guests - everyone - dancing through the streets of the French Quarter. We danced down the streets led by the bride and groom and the wedding party. We had our picture taken by people, we were cheered as we walked by. It was amazing!!

The rest of night was equally as joyful. I danced for hours.  And now for some NOLA scenes. I have to mention that these are not all my pictures! The bride has an online "dropbox" where people can put pictures from the weekend and I borrowed some of them!!

Patrick and I went on a long walk on Saturday morning with the idea of a good breakfast in the back of our  minds. After walking and taking in the sights, we were ready to eat at any old place when we walked by a total touristy couple about our age with their map out. "There it is!" they said. And patrick was like "let's follow them." and we are so glad we did. They led us to a legendary restaurant that served a two sided, huge galley breakfast buffet with all things-new-orleans: crawdaddies, grits, shrimp, cajun sausage, cajun everything. And to boot: live jazz! It was a sunny cheerful place with an outdoor courtyard filled with flowers. Thanks random couple!

The hotel was right in the center of the french Quarter. Mere blocks from the famous Cafe Du Monde and it backed right up to Bourbon Street.

It also had a saltwater heated pool in its courtyard!

Pool po-boys. We spent all day Sunday in that pool!


And a final shot of what Bourban Street looks like at 7:30am on a Saturday. Just gross. It smelled like pee and vomit and you had to truly watch where you stepped! I went out to buy a hairbrush and a bagel and that's what I saw!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

some arlo video

Hi! Gosh we had THE BEST time in New Orleans - and I have a few pictures to share... but I thought I would show what Arlo has been up to lately til I can find the time to upload those NOLA pics!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snow day

This is sort of unbelieveable. Cy missed all last week of school because a very vicious stomach flu made its way through our family. He was so excited to go back today and of all things, he has a snow day! That means he will only have one day of school in two weeks because Thursday is also a no-school day for teacher in-service. The part that is unbelieveable is the fact that Cy is sitting in a corner at this moment crying his eyes out because he wanted to go to school today. Any other time a snow day would be as magical as it was for us as kids... but not today. Hopefully we will make the most of it and he will have fun anyways! It's 10am and he has already spent time out in the new snow this morning. Probably more of that in our future. And maybe a movie as well. Problem is, we watched so many movies and spent so many days trapped in the house last week thanks to the flu that this is the exact opposite of what we are all in the mood to do! We want to get out of the house and see people and places!
At least it finally gives me time to update our dear old blog. Until a week ago when the stomach flu appeared, February was a fun month. After having so much to do with the new house, we are getting back to doing fun outings instead of errands and having friends over!
March is going to bring a lot of fun too. Adult fun. Patrick flew to Milwaukee last weekend and reunited with his Marquette buddies to take in a basketball game and have some fun. Next Patrick and I are heading to New Orleans for a long weekend. A few weeks later I am flying to Chicago to meet up with Joni (who is flying in from NYC) and Joanna for a girls weekend. Spa, dinner, the works. And finally, we will be blessed with another visit from the Cherwenka's at the end of the month to celebrate Easter. I am so excited that March is finally here! So much fun to be had!
As far as the boys go, Arlo's vocabulary has exploded. He can pretty much tell us anything he wants (which may or may not be a blessing.) He also melts my heart daily when he says "thank you mama" when I help him with something.
And Cy is learning to assert his authority (to put it nicely.) He is opinionated on EVERYTHING we do. And has basically become a very effective negotiator as far as what he eats, where he goes, etc. Thank goodness he is a mild mannered kid or we'd be having some major turf wars.

 Fishpa putting in some lighting for us.

 Cy cannot resist jumping in the snow. He dives into it when I unstrap him out of his carseat after picking him up for school. No snowpants or boots of course.
 The brothers love to color
 I took this last week in Uptown. The building on the right is our old condo. The building on the left is a new construction - a HUGE apt building right accross the street. I am so glad we got to enjoy that big empty lot while we lived there & didn't have to deal with construction & the influx of a ton of new people!
 Cy skied down the blues & blacks on his own the last time we skied!
 The whole family went out for Valentines. Patrick & I were lucky enough to go out on a date the night before. That night we all went to Buca's and split a sundae for dessert that was literally the size of my head.
 A Saturday outing to the zoo. Love how the boys sometimes hold hands!
 Arlo just loves this old Elmo costume of Cy's. He puts it on and then says "Cheese" because he wants me to take his picture!
 Then the most evil awful stomach flu hit. Poor Cy puked every 15 minutes for four hours. Then he puked once an hour all night long.
Couch covered in blankets to protect it. Arlo's high chair moved into the basement. Cy was too weak to walk the stairs for a few days. It was brutal and I am sooooo happy to be back on our way to normal!